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Lena Melnikova: Dark rumours in a city suffering a nightmare of heat and smog

For weeks now, life in Moscow has been like living on the set of a Tarkovsky film. We haven't seen blue skies for ages – just various shades of a bright-greyish nightmare. But yesterday was the worst ever. I did not want to get out of bed to face another obnoxiously hot morning. Overnight, the wind blew more smoke in from the blazing forests and moors around the city. The smog settled among the trees and apartment blocks, obstructing the sun and views of distant buildings.

Live Review: Lovebox, Sunday 18th July, Victoria Park

Sadly I was only able to make one day of Lovebox this year, but either I picked the best day by far... or the whole festival must have been phenomenal.

She &amp; Him, Fox Theater, Oakland, California <br /> Miike Snow, Music Box, Henry Fonda Theater Los Angeles

On screen she can freeze your soul, but on stage her voice will melt your heart

David Flatman: 'Dirt trackers' we may be but we're ready to kick up a storm

View from down under with the England prop: Tour so far has been all about Aussie Rules, Chris Ashton's 'jokes' and Davie Wilson's sunscreen &ndash; but the real stuff will start when I run out on Tuesday

Paul Gray: Bassist and songwriter with controversial nu-metal band Slipknot

The bass guitarist Paul Gray was a founder member of Slipknot, one of the scariest-looking, most brutal sounding bands to come out of the US in recent years.

Man jailed for setting fire to fancy dress student

A man who set fire to a university student dressed as a sheep because he was "trying to get a laugh" was today jailed for five years.

Greek tragedy: It's not the end of the underworld

The great Greek tragedies will always resonate, says Sarah Ruhl, writer of a new play based on the myth of Eurydice

Tips and deals of the week: 02/05/2010

Kids go free in Dubai

Save £1,400 with The Holiday Place (theholidayplace.co.uk) with free full-board children's accommodtion. Five nights from £2,499 for a family of four, flights included.

Conservatives get their hundreds and thousands mixed up

Inaccurate claim about scale of teenage pregnancy is latest Tory slip-up

Exclusive one-off London Bestival Party for 2010

Curated by Rob da Bank at Koko, London, Saturday 20th March 2010

David Prosser: The real life recession will continue

Outlook: The end of the recession will not herald a return to the levels of prosperity many families enjoyed before the crisis began

Three men charged with murder

Three men have been charged with murder following the death of a warehouse manager who was confronted by a gang in Halloween-style masks in Bristol.

Dress code: Angela Rippon, TV Presenter

What are you wearing right now?

My most comfortable jeans, a cashmere V-neck sweater and FitFlops.

St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (PG)

Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson (106 mins), starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Gemma Arterton, David Tennant

Harry Weinberger: Emigré painter whose work was partly inspired by his love of masks and icons

The artist Harry Weinberger was born into a well-to-do Jewish family in Berlin. His father, an industrialist, moved the family to Czechoslovakia in 1933 soon after Hitler's accession to power. From the window of his parent's house Harry had seen the Reichstag burn. In 1939, after the Kristallnacht pogrom of early November 1938 and the consequent setting up of the Kindertransport, Harry and his sister Ina caught the final train leaving Czechoslovakia for England. In his 80s Harry was delighted to make contact with Nicholas Winton, its organiser, to whom he felt he owed his life.

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